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'I am a proponent of best-of three Grand Slams,' says Novak Djokovic

"I feel like we have to adapt to that younger generation..."
Novak Djokovic at Roland Garros

Novak Djokovic has urged tennis to consider changing Grand Slams to best-of-three matches for the men's draw, although he doesn't think it will happen.

Grand Slams are just about the only men's tennis event that still has best-of-five matches.

Previously, the Davis Cup matches and finals of Masters events have been best-of-five too, and Djokovic says it's time to make tennis' format uniform throughout the calendar.

“I am more a proponent of two-out-of-three everywhere, even though of course slams have always been best-of-five.

"It’s historically been that way, so I don’t know whether there is a chance at all for it to change."

Despite the perhaps controversial nature of Djokovic's comments, he has explained that he is approaching it a perspective of a need to modernise tennis to improve its appeal to a younger generation.

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"I just feel like the attention span, as well as the fans, especially the younger generation, is shorter.

"So in order for us to really improve the product, so to say, of tennis I think commercially and marketing-wise I feel like we have to adapt to that younger generation.

“Obviously we have been one of those sports that has stuck with the tradition a lot, which I respect, and I feel like this is something we have to keep, but at the same time we haven’t been really exploring some changes,” he said.

“Whether it’s score or less sets or whatever. We have not really looked into that. Every time someone mentions that, I feel like there is not much of a support, not much of a willingness to really address that and strategically think about the things that could attract a younger audience as well to our tour, to our sport.”

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